LS211 Introduction to the Humanities

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LS 211 Introduction to the Humanities


S1Z 2008 ML


Fontana, Leslie J.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Elementary Education/K-12 Certification in Art
Master of Interdisciplinary Studies

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Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM

Credit Hours


The Art of Being Human: The Humanities as a Technique for Living; 8th ed. Janaro & Altshuler

Additional Resources:

Art of the Western World: From Ancient Greece to Post-Modernism; Bruce Cole and Adelheid Gealt (Text) PBS Video Series by Michael Wood
Joseph Campbell: The Power of Myth

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Course Description:
A study of disciplines and concerns that promote humanness (such as art, music, philosophy and religion) and critical thinking, moral values, myths, love and freedom. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning toencourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.  As a racially and internationally diverse student body, class discussion is an important resource, and rules of courtesy will be observed at all times. Attendance and participation are very significant to the overall education process, and will make up a part of the grade. The instructor will begin this course of study with the assumption that the students has had little experience within this area of study.  Reading of the text prior to the class is encouraged, and different forms of assessment with facilitate this.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Note: This is a general education (GE) course. Therefore, some of the performance objectives are specifically related to the requirements for GE courses.
  2. Students will demonstrate understanding of theories of origin, nature, and function of humanities
  3. Students will provide evidence of skill in academic research
  4. Students will demonstrate their skills in oral communication
  5. Students will demonstrate critical, aesthetic, and values literacies, in regard to humanities
  6. Students will demonstrate a more thoughtful awareness of multicultural and global considerations

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. The student will demonstrate a thoughtful awareness of the humanities as a technique for living, applying concepts learned to a more mindful lifestyle.
  2. The student will be able to express their thoughts and feelings about the humanities through informal writing assignments.
  3. the student will explore examples of humanities in the community and will demonstrate opinions and ideas about these experiences in writing.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Tests will include a midterm and final examination.  The midterm is comprehensive up to midterm, and the final will include all material after the midterm.  Participation and attendance form a part of the grade., with a maximum of five points being given.  At the end of each evening's class, students will either write a reflective essay relating to the evening's topic, or will take a quiz on the material, which will be worth ten  points. 
In the event  of an excused absence, a longer paper will be written which will cover the evening's subject matter, and respond on a personal level, to make up the fifeen points.
Points missed because of an unexcused or questionable absence may or may not be made up at the discretion of the instructor.  Additionally, each student will report on an experience in the humanities within the community, such as a concert, a play, museum experience, etc.  Such experiences must be approved by the instructor.


Examinations two 100 points each 200 points
Reflective writing assignment or quiz each session 180 points
Participation points 5 points each session 90 points
Field experience 30 points
The following will be used to assign course letter grades:
 A     500-465 points (93% and above)   
 B      464-425 points (85% to 92%)
 C      424-380 points (76% to 84%)
 D      379-335 points (67%to 75%)
 F      334 points and below (66% or below)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
In the event  of an excused absence, a 3-5 page paper will be written which will cover the evening's subject matter, and respond on a personal level, to make up the fifeen points.  These makeup essays are due within one week of the student's return to class, and must be clearly labeled with the students name, the date of the missed class, and the topic covered.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 Since this is a reading and discussion class, students are expected to read the text and other materials before coming to class, participate in discussion, and remain alert and interested during audio-visual presentations.  During discussion, lively debate is encourage, while observing rules of courtesy.  Either a one page written response to the evening's topic, or a quiz will be completed at the end of the class. A rubric for participation will be used and is attached.  Quality participation is identified and will be expected. Participation includes attendance and punctuality, and poor attendance and tardiness will be reflected in the participation grade.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Class introduction, Read chapters 1 and 2; lecture and discuss material
Week 2:Read chapters 3 and 4; lecture and discuss material
Week 3: Read chapters 5 and 6; lecture and discuss material
Week 4: Read chapters 7,8 and 9; lecture and discuss material
Week 5:  Review for midterm; Midterm examination;
Week 6: Chapter 10 and 11; lecture and discussion
Week 7: Chapter 12 and 13; lecture and discussion
Week 8: Chapter 14 and 15; lecture and discussion
Week 9: Review for final; Final examination

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
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